$32 billion project to expand emirate’s newest airport
Dubai’s ruler has given the green light to a $32 billion project to turn the emirate’s second airport into the “world’s biggest airport”. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the plan to expand Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport this week.
The expansion of Dubai World Central, which handled its first passenger aircraft in October 2013, is set to begin by the end of this year.
The first phase of the development will involve building terminal and runway facilities to cater for up to 120 million passengers a year and up to 100 Airbus A380 superjumbos at the same time. The first phase is expected to take six to eight years to build. The airport will eventually have capacity for 220 million passengers when the second and final phase is completed.
The emirate’s current major airport is Dubai International, which handled more than 66 million passengers last year, expected to increase to 100 million by the end of 2020.
“With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports.